Yes or no to a mayor? Invitiation to hear the Minister in charge and take part in a debate in Birmingham

By Jonathan Walker on Mar 26, 12 10:20 AM in Politics

Calls for Birmingham to be run by a directly-elected mayor will be debated when senior politicians gather in Birmingham this week.

Greg Clark, the Minister for Cities, will be one of the speakers at a debate on reforming the way Birmingham is governed.

Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, will also be attending, as well as for Labour cabinet minister Lord Adonis.

It has been organised in the run up to a referendum on May 3 when voters will be asked whether they want to scrap the existing local government system and replace it with a directly-elected mayor.

Blog readers are invited to take part and apply for tickets.

The event will be held between 3.30 and 5pm this Thursday, March 29, at Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham.

Other speakers include Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of the London Borough of Lewisham, and Birmingham councillor James Hutchings, one of the leaders of the campaign against a mayor.

It has been organised by leading think tank, the Institute for Government. I'm chairing it, so don't heckle too loudly please.

Tickets are available in limited numbers. To apply, e-mail

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